This taught Masters programme considers the ways literature since 1900 has sought to change and ‘modernise’ itself, in the context of wider developments of modernity characterising the age.
Why did Ezra Pound think it essential to ‘make it new’, or Rimbaud to be ‘absolument moderne’? Why did Virginia Woolf insist, in her essay ‘Modern Fiction’, that ‘the proper stuff of fiction’ should be ‘other than custom would have us believe it’?
Aims and outcomes
The aim of the programme is to analyse the most challenging and exciting literature written in English since 1900, asking and answering questions about how and why it took the forms it did.
You will take the core course, the Research Methods course plus an option in each semester. The dissertation will be researched and written over the summer.
Edinburgh is uniquely suited as a place in which to study the relation of literature to modernity.
Fees and Funding
Tuition fees and funding opportunities for Literature and Modernity: 1900 to the present.
If you have any queries regarding this programme please contact the Programme Director